Introduction to Water Biodiversity

Learning Outcomes?

‘A family is a community related by blood;
a business is a community related by ink; and a
catchment is a community related by water.’

Upon completion of the Introduction to Water Biodiversity course, participants can expect the following outcomes:

Introduction to Water Bodies:
Introduce the significance of water bodies and the unique wildlife associated with them.

Human Pressures on Water Quality:
Explore the various human pressures impacting water quality.

Practical Community Initiatives:
Provide practical and tested examples of how communities can actively contribute to improving the health of their local water bodies.

Collaboration with Relevant Authorities:
Emphasize the importance of working in collaboration with the guidance of relevant authorities to ensure effective and sustainable initiatives.

How and what will you Learn?

The Introduction to Water Biodiversity  course aims to fulfil the following key components:

Session 1: Water Quality and Local Projects
Explore water quality in Ireland and your local area.
Understand the importance of water quality.
Discover ongoing projects in your area and actionable ideas for community involvement.

Session 2: Aquatic Insects, Biosecurity, and Field Trip
Dive into the world of aquatic insects and biosecurity measures.
Embrace citizen science principles.
Engage in a field trip for practical learning.

Session 3: Nature’s Impact on Water Bodies and Field Trip
Understand how nature shapes water bodies.
Explore habitats of freshwater systems.
Learn principles of good water management.
Participate in a field trip for direct observation.

Session 4: Water Quality Importance and Actions
Delve into the importance of water quality.
Understand pressures on water quality.
Explore actionable steps communities can take to improve local water bodies.

Course Structure 

The Introduction to Water Biodiversity course is meticulously tailored to align with the specific catchment and water body of your interest. Participants will engage in a comprehensive learning experience spread over 24 Hours, with a breakdown of:

In-person (2 half Days – 8 hours): Explore the intricacies of water biodiversity during hands-on sessions over two half days.

Online (4 Sessions – 10 hours): Dive into interactive online sessions covering water quality, aquatic insects, freshwater habitats, and water management principles.

Self-Directed/E-Learning (6 hours): Supplement your understanding with self-directed learning, utilizing e-learning resources to deepen knowledge.


Who will benefit from this Course?

ILDN Officers
LAWPRO Officers
Community Leaders and Activists
Environmental Enthusiasts and Activists
Students and Researchers
Community Leaders and Activists
Citizen Scientists
Educators and Teachers
Local Residents and Community Members
Government and Environmental Agency Employees
Businesses and Industries

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